Dec 29, 2012 1:00pm PST
director for freedom works, author of "backlash" and fox news contributor. and michael, former senior communications advisor to john kerry's presidential campaign and ceo of vent squared communications. long intros for both of you hard work people. i'm going with you first on this, danene. president obama says he's modestly optimistic. i ask you if there is going to be a deal tomorrow and if so, will it be temporary, just to get us into next year and if that's the case, how is this going to go over with the public? >> there probably will be some of the republicans are going to cave. but in my view, i think the republicans should stand their ground because no deal would be better than a bad deal. it makes absolutely no sense for a politician who should be representing the will of the american people to put this patchwork of bill together which will not be good in the best interest of americans. clearly, i don't want taxes to go up. taxes shouldn't go up on anyone. but to only raise taxes on those who are the top earners will only fund the government something like eight days. this is s
Dec 28, 2012 9:00pm PST
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm PST
for a politician at all, in fact. he went for michael bennet, the superintendent of the denver public school system. bennett was, as you can imagine, excited. he was now a senator, a member of the world's most exclusive club. that is a big job. it is an impressive, big job. a job that makes you think pretty highly of yourself. what bennett was not prepared for was that when he took that big, important, impressive job, everybody would all of a sudden hate him. and they would hate him because they hate congress, and he was now part of congress, this thing that they hate. in november of 2011, bennett went down to the floor of the senate with a chart that is still one of my favorite charts of all time. it was a simple chart. it just showed how popular different things were. the irs, the people who collect taxes and audit you, 40% approval rating, unpopular. richard nixon during watergate in 1984, 24% approval. also very popular. banks that had just crashed the global financial system and were throwing tens of millions of people out of work worldwide, 23% approval, not good. paris hilton, 15% approval.